Imagination seems to be in short supply in pop culture right now.
Tonight on "Desperate Housewives," there was Bree saying the Serenity Prayer at her 12 Step Meeting. On "Boston Legal" we will soon be attending 12 Step Meetings again when Paul's daughter Rachel gets sprung from Rehab. And in his new novel "Everything Changes," Jonathan Tropper has the long-gone dad Norm returning to make amends to his family as part of, yup, his 12 Step program.
Delphi might die and a lot of jobs go with it because its chief executive officer (CEO) Robert "Steve" Miller seems to be unable to get enough cooperation. But a blog just might fix this, on a 30-day free-trial basis.
"Trimmed-down Kristie reaches out to Oprah," goes the headline in May 8th GLOBE. Seems that this year Oprah has put on 40 pounds and Kristie Alley is trying to talk her into trying the Jenny Craig diet. Okay, we know all about the stress the Big Lady has gone through: James Frey, a new radio show, the roller-coaster relationship with Stedman Graham and that forced plane landing last December. So, as Oprah does, she ate.
No question, Scott Peterson came across in the media as a self-absorbed cad. But, could that be his only sin. Could he, as readers suggest, be innocent of murder? And, could he had simply have begun to panic and that's the reason for what seemed to be a plan to escape to Mexico?
"The Chief Executive Officers I deal with care about their names in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and probably never even have heard of the Internet." That's what a public relations (PR) mogul in Manhattan told me 12 months ago. Now, he and plenty other communications pros are singing a very different tune. In fact, does it even matter any more what's in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL?
Last Wednesday in a lecture at Brown University, Dr. Herbert Needleman, an expert in lead-paint research, praised Rhode Island (RI) for its recent win in the now infamous lead paint trial. Since the verdict is being appealed and the state is being sued for the contingency arrangement with Motley Rice, the praise is premature. It's also misguided.
First it was Harvard President Larry Summers. Now it's Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan. Clearly this once-golden brand, just like the once iconic Coca-Cola brand, has taken some heavy hits. One survey of students shows that their number-one choice is New York University (NYU), not Harvard.
Publisher Little, Brown and Company has yanked Kaavya Viswanathan's novel from retail and wholesale outfits. Harvard sophomore Viswanathan had been found to have included in her Chick Lit "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life" passages from another Chick Lit author's books.